8. Winston Churchill: Moral Judgment and Moral Vision

  1. Al Gini1 and
  2. Ronald M. Green2

Published Online: 25 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118551653.ch8

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character

How to Cite

Gini, A. and Green, R. M. (2013) Winston Churchill: Moral Judgment and Moral Vision, in 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Character, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118551653.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    Loyola University Chicago, USA

  2. 2

    Dartmouth College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2013

Book Series:

  1. Foundations of Business Ethics

Book Series Editors:

  1. W. Michael Hoffman and
  2. Robert E. Frederick

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470672303

Online ISBN: 9781118551653

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Keywords:

  • leadership;
  • moral judgment;
  • moral vision;
  • virtues;
  • war;
  • Winston Churchill

Summary

Winston Churchill's deeds in saving his nation and the world from Nazi domination have become legendary. This chapter talks about his outstanding skills of leadership: moral judgment and moral vision. His moral vision, insight and judgment were penetrating and guided him through difficult decisions when the fate of his country and that of the world were at stake. Nowhere is this truer than during five days in May 1940, from Friday, May 24 to Tuesday, May 28, when German tanks overran France and reached the English Channel, when French surrender loomed, and when it seemed as though Britain herself would soon fall before the Nazi onslaught. During those five days in May he showed many virtues, among them graciousness to old political opponents (Chamberlain and Halifax), shrewdness in political calculation, intellectual acumen, and physical courage. Churchill remains the icon of outstanding leadership.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

judgment; leadership; vision